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Scottish edged out at Sardis Road

Scottish edged out at Sardis Road

Winger Mike Doneghan's late try rescued a losing bonus point for London Scottish against Pontypridd in this afternoon's British and Irish Cup clash at Sardis Road.

Winger Mike Doneghan’s late try rescued a losing bonus point for London Scottish against Pontypridd in this afternoon’s British and Irish Cup clash at Sardis Road.

The hosts won 27-20 but were aided by a red card shown to Scottish flanker Neil Best after 28 minutes for a tip-tackle on Ponty lock Craig Locke.

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Scottish fought hard after this and will be disappointed to let slip a 13-10 lead in the second half as their seven man forward pack dominated the set-piece.

But they came away with a deserved point, holding off a late Ponty attack in the last play of the game to stay in the hunt for qualification out of Pool Two.

Former Scarlets fly-half Dan Newton missed a long range penalty early on for Scottish before his opposite number Simon Humberstone made no mistake at the other end to edge Ponty 3-0 ahead on seven minutes.

Humberstone was the architect of Pontypridd's opening try soon after, kicking the ball into space near the left touchline where winger Owen Jenkins had plenty of time to collect and touch down.

The stand-off's conversion put the hosts 10-0 ahead in as many minutes.

Scottish enjoyed plenty of territory in the first quarter with no reward and their task got a whole lot tougher when Neil Best was sent off.

The visitors stuck to their task manfully however and were rewarded with a Dan Newton penalty on 38 minutes.

Pontypridd pressed for a score right on half-time but Peter Homan's interception thwarted the Welsh advance as the hosts settled for a seven point advantage at the break.

This was reduced to four points three minutes into the second half thanks to another Newton penalty, the Welsh being penalised at a scrum.

It got even better on 47 minutes when Homan intercepted a pass to sprint in under the posts from 40 metres out.

Newton's kick moved the Scots 13-10 ahead but the Sardis Road outfit hit straight back as Tom Pascoe went over from close range.

Humberstone's kick from right in front made it 17-13 and it got even better for Ponty when they scored a third try.

From a line-out inside the Scottish 22, a driving maul ended with open side flanker Tom Young, son of former Welsh prop David, scampering over.

The tough conversion from Humberstone saw the hosts open up a 24-13 lead.

Replacement stand-off Dai Flanagan extended Ponty's lead to 14 points on 68 minutes courtesy of a penalty.

London Scottish scored their second try two minutes from the end, Oli Grove's lovely break then floated pass to Mike Doneghan allowing the winger to go over in the left corner.

Lee Millar's kick from the touchline made the final score 27-20, despite Ponty's late push to claim a try bonus point and deny Scottish a losing one with the visitors down to 13 following Lindsey-Hague's sin-binning.

– Listen to James Buckland's post match interview here

– London Scottish take on Pontypridd at Richmond Athletic Ground next Saturday, December 14. To book tickets and hospitality, click here

– London Scottish Supporters' Man of the Match: Sam Stuart

Pontypridd:

15.Matthew Nuthall, 14.Chris Clayton, 13.Geraint Walsh, 12.Gary Williams, 11.Owen Jenkins, 10.Simon Humberstone (c), 9.Tom Williams, 1.James Howe, 2.Liam Belcher, 3.Keiron Jenkins, 4.Craig Locke, 5.Jordan Sieniawski, 6.Luke Crocker, 7.Thomas Young, 8.Owen Sheppeard.

Used replacements: 18.Tom Pascoe. 17.Dai Flanagan, 21.Pat Palmer, 22.Chris Phillips

Unused replacement: 16.Lloyd Williams. 19.Tom Hetherington. 20.Lee Williams, 22.Chris Phillips

Tries: O Jenkins, Pascoe, Young.

Conversions: Humberstone (3)

Penalties: Humberstone, Flanagan.

London Scottish

15. Ollie Lindsey-Hague, 14. Mike Doneghan, 13. Oli Grove, 12. PJ Gidlow (c), 11. Peter Homan, 10. Dan Newton, 9. Sam Stuart, 1.Jamie Kilbane,2. Tedd Stagg, 3. Lewis Thiede, 4. Alex Karonias, 5. Tyler Hotson, 6. Neil Best, 7. Tommy Spinks, 8. Ben Russell.

Used replacements: 17. Eric Fry, 18. Tom Francis, 19. Paul Spivey, 21. Lee Millar, 22. Andy Reay

Unused replacements: 16. Adam Kwasnicki, 20. Jordi Pasqualin.

Tries: Homan, Doneghan

Conversions: Newton, Millar.

Penalties: Newton (2)

Sin-bin: Ollie Lindsey-Hague

Sent-off: Neil Best

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